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Choosing the Right Colours for Your New Home

Choosing the Right Colours for Your New Home

When you are moving into a new home, think of the walls as a blank canvas just waiting for colours or wall paper designs. Plan ahead for a colour theme and style for each room and you will be able to coordinate all of the elements of each room to fit into your colour scheme. Colour can be one of the most important aspects of each room because colour affects mood and even behaviours. It can play a part on how you feel in each room, how guests feel, and even can determine your We turned to the home design experts and compiled a list of tips on how to choose the right colour for each room of your new home.

Research What Colours Mean: The most important role that colour takes on is how it affects your mood. Red can stand for passion, blue is a calming colour, and green represents nature and healing. Those are just some general colour meanings, but different shades alter the meaning and also can mean different things for different people. Research colours and also combine those meanings with your own feelings, tastes, and designs. Subtle and soothing, elegant, or vibrant, are all looks that can be achieved by changing the colour of the paint you use.

Don’t Be Afraid of Colour: Too often people are afraid of colours and end up with plain white walls. If you research colours and have a plan, you are putting events in motion to ensure that you will be happy with the colour scheme and design you come up with. When you first move into a house, this is the best time to experiment with colour before you bring in all of your furniture. It’s the easiest time to paint without objects in the way or possibly getting paint on them if not covered properly. If you are afraid of colour, the first step is at least recognising this. The next step is to start small and see how you like it.

Lighting and Colours Should Be Matched: One thing that greatly affects how the colours you choose look in your home is the lighting. The type of lighting you choose will affect the way the shade of colour appears, how it reflects off of fabrics and other textures of furniture and other design elements in your home. This is one of the top reasons that you loved a colour in the store and then don’t like it in your home. Be sure to test out how the colour looks in your room with the sunlight and lighting you have.

Keep Some Continuity throughout Your Home: You don’t necessarily need to use the same colours in each room, but you can keep a running theme throughout the house whether it is in the style, colour, or design elements. Each room can be different but should show your style.

Create Focal Points: You can break up the colours by creating focal points in each room by painting an object a different colour. It can blend in, create a subtle yet stunning accent, or completely stand out.

Highlight Architectural Designs: Paint can help make a room look unique when you highlight the architectural designs. Often when you would assume that you should paint all of the walls in a room the same colour, using contrasting or blending colours on architectural features can really add a unique aspect to a room.

Achieving a Balanced Design: Some room designs can appear to be over powering. Some room designs can make it look like there isn’t enough on the walls. Interior designers use a 60-30-10 rule as a guideline: 60% of the colour in a room should come from the walls, 30% of the colour should come from the upholstery, and 10% should come from accent pieces, accessories, and artwork. There are always exceptions, but if you are feeling like there is an imbalance in the room you create, check it by this rule to see if you can adjust it to your liking. If you alter from the guideline and for example, have a multi-coloured area rug, you might choose a lighter or more neutral colour within the rug to choose for the paint on your walls.

Choose Different Paint Finishes: Instead of every colour in every room being the same type of paint, try to use different finishes. This will also affect the colour, the texture, and the depth of the designs. Different paint finishes can certainly add more style and a unique look to your home.

Top 5 Painting Mistakes

Now that you have a better idea about using paint in your new home, here are the top 5 painting mistakes to avoid:

  1. Don’t forget the primer. This is another reason why your paint may not come out like you had planned.
  2. Don’t rush the process. No one wants to spend forever painting and decorating. We know you want to move in, but rushing will just cause more work in the long run or cause you to not be happy with the colours and designs you hastily choose.
  3. Picking your paint colour first is often a big mistake. Make sure that you can get supporting design elements that you love and then choose the paint colour.
  4. Don’t lose sight of your emotional goal. Remember the first tip we gave you about colour controlling emotions, moods, and behaviours? Don’t forget about that and always make sure the colours and designs you choose align with that goal.
  5. Don’t ignore trends. Being trendy is a good thing. Of course, it depends on your style, but when you follow the trends, you can always find inspiration for small design changes and tips in the stores, magazines, and online websites.






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